As NC budget debate begins, House Republicans reject Planned Parenthood funding (video)

House Republicans rejected an early amendment in Wednesday’s budget debate that would strike language banning local health departments from using outside contractors. Rep. Diane Parfitt, who offered the amendment, argued that local health departments unable to provide certain family planning services should be allowed to contract with Planned Parenthood.

Other Democrats were more direct, arguing the defunding provision would overburden local health departments and harm low-income individuals who have relied on Planned Parenthood for screenings and preventive care:

“It is nothing more than a fig leaf trying to cover the majority’s open hostility to Planned Parenthood,” said Rep. Rick Glazier.

Rep. John Blust bristled at Rep. Jennifer Weiss’ assertion that this was a continuation of the “war on women in North Carolina” by Republicans.  Blust then offered up an “expose” by a pro-life group that alleged Planned Parenthood was condoning sex selective abortions.

Rep. Verla Insko said lawmakers who supported the restriction on private providers of family planning services should be clear – the  provision was not about abortion,  it was about access to contraception:

“I certainly would not call this a bill to liberate women.”

Rep. Parfitt’s amendment was ultimately rejected along party lines, 51-68.  To watch a portion of Wednesday’s heated budget debate, click below:

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8 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    May 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    It is about abortion. That means 71% DO NOT APPROVE!!!!!!

  2. JeffS

    May 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    And why should we care what people who believe in fairy tales care Frances? Aside, of course, from their incessant attempts to cram them down everyone else’s throats?

  3. Frank Burns

    May 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    The public should not be funding any advocacy groups.

  4. B. McCrae

    May 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    This is about limiting practitioners who are available to low-income women for women’s health services, plain and simple. So war on women, indeed! Health departments do what they can, but they cannot meet the demands of all low-income women in their respective communities. When it takes months for patients to be seen at local health departments for things as simple as a pap smear what woman wouldn’t choose Planned Parenthood, where they can receive care while being served by a health care provider who is sensitive to their financial restraints and without the months long wait? This legislation is impractical and ludicrous- much like the legislators who voted in favor of this restriction. NC women will remember this in November.

  5. Lindsay

    May 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Frances, abortion is a legal procedure, so even if “71% do not approve” (by the way, sources for your numbers please) it doesn’t amount to diddly squat. All these legislators are doing is alienating women who prioritize their bodily autonomy through a completely legal, safe means.

  6. Frank Burns

    May 31, 2012 at 6:11 am

    There is a point to be made that Planned Parenthood activities pose a “war on women” with the recent documentation of their advice on gendercide, like they do in Red China in aborting female children.

  7. david esmay

    May 31, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Frank, that is without a doubt one of the most moronic statements in a long line of inanity that has spewed from your mouth. To use the anti-choice “Live Action” groups hoax visits to PP clinics all the while secretly taping a women asking leading questions as proof of anything shows how twisted the right wing nuts have become. Using fictitious scenarios and selective editing to promote propaganda is despicable behavior and condoning it is worse.

  8. Frank Burns

    May 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    David, You should never fear the truth. It always comes out eventually.